Kitty Wintrob (née Simmonds) was born and raised in London's East End. At age 80, she published a heartfelt memoir about being swept up in the greatest civilian evacuation in British history. At 90, Kitty paid tribute to her late son Phillip with a brilliant novel that encourages young people to dream big.
It's 1939. Kitty, a spirited 10-year-old, is evacuated to the countryside with her school in case bombs start falling on London. She’s stunned at the hardships she has to endure from her “foster parents” and is determined to escape back to her Mum and Uncle Yudi in the city's East End – just as the Blitz begins.
It's 1986. Paul, a Canadian high school student, signs up for a pre-army cadet training program in Israel. From the moment his plane lands in Tel Aviv, he faces numerous challenges and unanticipated adventures. And for the first time, he must confront his future. It's a summer experience that changes one young life.
Kitty conducts numerous speaking engagements at schools libraries, community centres, seniors residences, places of worship and book clubs. She is accompanied by her husband, Ralph Wintrob, a retired teacher-librarian and dynamic storyteller who reads selections from her book.
As a young woman in June 1952, Kitty was thrilled to join the crowds on London's Pall Mall to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s historic coronation. She has been a royal fan ever since. When the monarch sadly passed away in September 2022 at age 96, Kitty penned her thoughts in Hello! Canada magazine's special issue.